ISSN 1535-7821 Vol. 30 No. 2 2014
As winter becomes a distant memory, MLA’14 looms large on the horizon. Chicago is a wonderfully cosmopolitan city with many attractions too numerous to list. A View on Cities web site offers a useful guide to the major attractions in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, including Millennium Park, John Hancock Center, Riverwalk, Museum of Science and Industry, Old Water Tower, Buckingham Fountain, and so many more.
MLA’14 has so much to offer all conference participants that it is often difficult to choose which of the many presentations, posters, symposia, continuing education courses, and other events, to attend. Chair Elect Kay Smith, MLS, MPH, has done a wonderful job of organizing CAPHIS events for this conference, which marks the thirtieth anniversary of CAPHIS. Please visit the CAPHIS conference webpage for details.
The annual CAPHIS election was held online in February. I’m delighted to welcome our new officers. Mary-Kate Haver, MLIS, AHIP, was elected incoming Chair-Elect. Mary-Kate is the medical librarian at the Family Resource Center, All Children’s Hospital, in St. Petersburg, Florida. As well, Lana Brand, MLIS, AHIP, was appointed Membership Chair. Lana is a health sciences librarian at Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville, Georgia. Darell Schmick is the newsletter editor for Consumer Connections. Darell is an Information Services Librarian at MU Libraries, University of Missouri. Many thanks are due to the new officers for volunteering to undertake these leadership roles. Thanks are also due to the outgoing officers for their hard work in these roles: Nicole Dettmar, MSIS, Evaluation Librarian, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (Newsletter Editor) and Linda Claire Butson, Consumer Health and Community Outreach Librarian, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida (Membership Chair). We wish Nikki and Linda all the best with their endeavors.
Looking forward to meeting many of you at MLA’14!
Christine Marton, PhD.
CAPHIS Chair 2013-2014
Be sure to mark your MLA calendar for our 30th anniversary celebration at the CAPHIS Business Meeting on Monday, May 19th at 4:30 p.m. in the Comiskey Room of the Chicago Hyatt Regency! We’ll hear from former CAPHIS leaders Susan Murray, Naomi Broering, Michael Kronenfeld, Kay Deeney and Margaret Bandy as they take us down the CAPHIS memory lane into our beginnings as an exciting new MLA section. In the early 1980’s consumer health information services was a gleam in many health sciences librarians’ eyes. We’ve come a long way from that early recognition of the need to empower patients with information about their conditions. Now we continue to try to achieve that goal in an environment where technology has both enabled and in some ways inhibited that goal. (Can anyone say, “Too much information”?) However, there is little doubt that the ubiquitous nature of the current information environment has made the librarian’s expertise that much more valuable!
We welcome other speakers who may wish to contribute their CAPHIS memories and photographs at this event – you can even decide at the last minute to present at the meeting! We’re still an informal section despite our status as one of MLA’s largest. But, whether you choose to speak or not, be sure to join us for this special celebration! Cake will be included!
University Health Network is a large healthcare institution located in downtown Toronto, Canada. At present, it comprises four previously independent hospitals: Toronto General Hospital (acute care), Toronto Western Hospital (acute care), Princess Margaret Hospital (cancer care), and Toronto Rehab (rehab services). The latter has several sites throughout the city. Each of the four hospital sites has a physical consumer health information collection, conveniently situated on the ground floor near a major entrance. They are referred to as patient and family libraries. A central web page on the UHN web site provides easy access to online information about these on-site hospital-based consumer health information collections, http://www.uhn.ca/PatientsFamilies/Health_Information/Libraries. The general purpose consumer health information collection at Toronto Western Hospital is profiled in this column as an exemplar of best practices in consumer health information services.
The Paul B. Helliwell Patient and Family Library at the Toronto Western Hospital site of the University Health Network offers an extensive print collection of pamphlets, fact sheets, booklets, both those produced in-house as well as many published by health organization and government agencies and ministries, that are displayed at its entrance. Many are available in several languages. Venturing into the physical space of this consumer health information collection, a visitor would be struck by the large book and DVD collection organized by health topics in such a manner that facilitates browsing. These items can be signed out for a three week period. As well, there are several computer workstations with Internet access for public use, one of which has a large type keyboard for accessibility to the visually impaired. Staffed by librarians and volunteers, visitors can get assistance with conducting an online search on a health topic. As well, there is an online public access catalog (OPAC) that enables searching for items in the collection at that site as well as the consumer health information collections at the other UHN sites. The OPAC has both a basic and advanced search interface with many search options, including title, author, subject, year, type of material, language, and location (site).
The web page for the Paul B. Helliwell Patient and Family Library on the UHN web site provides basic information about hours of operation, contact phone number and email address, borrowing policy, and information services. It also offers both a newsletter in PDF file format and a booklet about the collection in PDF file format. The booklet is available in four languages: English, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish, while the newsletter is available in English and Chinese.
The Paul B. Helliwell Patient and Family Library at the Toronto Western Hospital site of the University Health Network has a large print and DVD collection, an ebook collection, computer workstations with Internet access to online health information resources, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a well-structured physical space for patients and their family caregivers to find the credible and relevant health information for their needs.
Most people today are familiar with the term narcissist, and use it to describe those self-absorbed individuals we often encounter who frequently make life difficult for others. It’s a term that makes us cringe, because the narcissist often makes us feel as though we can never win. Wendy Behary, the author of Disarming the Narcissist, is the clinical director of both the Cognitive Therapy Center and Schema Therapy Institute of New Jersey, and also a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. As a private therapist specializing in narcissism and high conflict couples therapy, Behary has much first-hand experience dealing with narcissistic personalities. In this book, she capitalizes on her expertise in both cognitive behavioral therapy and schema therapy to help us understand and cope with the narcissistic behavior of someone close, and does so with stories based on clients in her practice.
The book’s front matter and early chapters offer important background information about schema therapy, and the origins of narcissism. Behary identifies the maladaptive schemas (beliefs and cognitions formed early in life) that manifest in both the narcissist, and those who are drawn to narcissistic personalities – with the goal of shedding light on thought processes behind narcissism and its impact on others. She then emphasizes the use of cognitive behavioral strategies to help readers identify their own traps and triggers, and begin to transform their responses using new skills. The tools she suggests when relating to a narcissist include mindfulness, empathy, confrontation and limit-setting, and she covers each carefully in a readable manner. Some readers may tire of the frequent anecdotes she uses as examples, but many will find them helpful as a demonstration of how the strategies can work. The familiar situations may be encouraging for some. However, the details surrounding many stories in her book suggest that Behary’s practice is geared towards people of means who likely have a financially secure lifestyle. This may make many of strategies less accessible to those readers from different cultural backgrounds or who live in less affluent socio-economic situations.
Although readable for its intended audience, the text is estimated to have at least a high school readability level, and requires some knowledge of psychological terminology and concepts to follow some content. Her writing style is sometimes droll as Behary taps into the reader’s personal experience, and strives to make a tough topic easier to digest. This style will appeal to many, but the sometimes lighter tone and humorous descriptions may come across as stereotypical and offensive to some readers. In this 2nd edition, chapters are added and updated (from the 2008 edition) to include information on gender differences, sex addiction, aggressive and abusive narcissists, and safety strategies.
A plethora of popular titles about narcissistic relationships can now be found on book store shelves, in library stacks, and accessible online. Some of these titles focus on how to get free of the narcissist in your life – others provide strategies on survival when you love one. In Disarming the Narcissist, Wendy Behary does a little of both. While she wisely does not claim to have all the answers, she does deliver some useful tools for coping with different types of narcissistic personalities in a variety of daily relationships.
Reviewed by: Nancy C. Seeger, M.Ed., MLIS, Health Librarian, Family Resource Center, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH.
Bondy, Andy, Ph.D & Weiss, Mary Jane, Ph.D, BCBA-D, eds. Teaching Social Skills to People with Autism: Best Practices in Individualizing Interventions. Woodbine House, 2013. 177p. ISBN 978-1606130117. $29.95.
Teaching Social Skills to People with Autism is a compendium of current approaches in teaching social skills to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The editors are practitioners in the field of social skills therapy. Dr. Andy Bondy is behavioral analyst and co-founder of Pyramid Education Consultants, Inc. Dr. Mary Jane Weiss is a professor of Education and the director of Programs in Autism and ABA at Endicott College. Each chapter introduces an evidence-based method for assessing individuals with ASD and planning an intervention. The author of each chapter is tasked with addressing key issues associated with assessment and planning. For each method discussed, the authors explain how to train staff and parents as well as how to collect and analyze data.
Teaching Social Skills to People with Autism is primarily geared toward ABA therapists and teachers. Parents would need background knowledge in ABA to understand the variances in treatment plans. Many of the chapters include tables and worksheets to demonstrate how to track data. Several chapters have case studies to illustrate the challenges and progress experienced by families living with ASD. The layout is user-friendly, especially considering the density of information. A recommended addition for library collections serving educators and health care practitioners.
Reviewed by: Margot Malachowski, MLS, Baystate Health, Health Sciences Library, Springfield, MA
Cimperman, Sarah. The Prediabetes Detox: A Whole-Body Program to Balance Your Blood Sugar, Increase Energy, and Reduce Sugar Cravings. New Harbinger Publications, 2013. 232 p. [no index] ISBN: 978-1608828128 $16.95
The book reviews standard advice in prediabetes: lose weight, exercise more, drink more water and eat fewer carbohydrates. Additionally there recommendations about lowering exposure to environmental toxins, elimination of toxins from the body and home, and consumption of dietary supplements. The book recommends a very low-carb diet with other changes with the goal of getting blood glucose at or below 80 within 2-6 weeks. The reading level varies from high school to graduate level and the style ranges from conversational to directive.
A similar book is Stop Prediabetes Now: The Ultimate Plan To Lose Weight And Prevent Diabetes. Co-authored by a health writer and a physician, the ‘stop’ book has an index, a selected list of references and multiple websites for more information. The focus is on lifestyle changes with the standard recommendations referenced above.
The ‘detox’ book raises issues of accuracy and self-promotion. The author refers almost only to her own website, where items are sold, and to naturopathic physicians who are not licensed in most states. A discussion of how to find licensed health care professionals who are interested in alternative medicine should be included.
Examples of accuracy issues include statements about artificial sweeteners, dietary supplements, and low sodium diets. These are inconsistent with recommendations for the ADA, AHA, and NCCAM. While there is a long list of references, inferences from those articles may not be consistent with the actual text. For example, the author supports her contention that “low sodium diets are ineffective” in hypertension with a Cochrane review. The review itself states that in “Caucasians with elevated BP, short-term sodium reduction decreases BP by about 2-2.5%, indicating that sodium reduction may be used as a supplementary treatment for hypertension. In Asians and Blacks the effect of sodium reduction was greater…”
The author is a graduate of National College of Natural Medicine. Her publications appear to be limited to blogs and magazines.
Reviewed by: Diane Wolf, MSLS, Gail P. Gill Community Health Library, Christiana Care Health System, Newark DE
This book opens with a foreword that states when we “help our kids learn the foundations of yoga, we are inviting them not only to position and move the body …but to focus attention on the sensations of the body”. The writes feels there is evidence that shows yoga does two things; one is that yoga gives us a strengthened sense of attention and secondly that kids develop “interoception”. He defines this as the perception of the interior of the body which assists us in knowing ourselves better and better connecting us with others.
This book shares a type of yoga developed by Little Flower Yoga, a program the author founded and practiced in schools in New York. This teaching method is based on five elements that taught in combination, complete the experience of yoga and mindfulness. The elements are connect, breathe, move, focus and relax. There is a chapter devoted to each of these one.
You would expect this book to be dominated by pictures of yoga poses and yes, they are there, but in addition to that are checking in worksheets, detailed explanations of yoga terms, even mindful eating and much, much more. It’s all about helping our children to slow down and relax, think and breathe. In our fast-paced society where kids are inundated with external stimulation and activities, this book is a breath of fresh air.
Reviewed by: Judy Griggs, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, Ohio
A Room of Golden Shells is a delightful and uplifting collection of paintings, poetry and stories by artists with Down syndrome. The collection of art stemmed from a contest held by Woodbine House. Contributors came from the United States and Canada. The age range of authors was from 14 – early 50’s. The biographies of each contributor show the courage and inspiration they have to pursue their interests and passion for art.
This book is a gentle reminder to look beyond the outside of a person and see special gifts and talents in unexpected places. As an addition to a consumer health library, it is a piece that can provide inspiration and hope during dark times.
Reviewed by: Monique McCollum RN, MPH Patient Education Coordinator, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colorado
Living with depression or bipolar disorder often means dealing with stigma and isolation on top of living with a chronic medical condition. Author Graeme Cowan comes to the subject with first-hand knowledge of these issues, as a survivor of clinical depression and a mental health advocate.
The heart of the book is a series of interviews with people who have struggled with depression or bipolar disorder. The interview subjects are predominately high-profile people, but the struggles they face and the coping strategies they use will be familiar to any reader who has dealt with mental illness. Their stories serve as hopeful examples of how a fulfilling life is possible for those with depression or bipolar disorder, as well as powerful reminders that mental illness can and does affect people from all walks of life.
Cowan also includes chapters focused on practical advice for overcoming mental illness, calling on both his own experiences and the responses he has gathered from surveying other patients. Although he writes extensively about personal empowerment and lifestyle changes, he is also a strong advocate of professional therapies and the use of medication. The result is a balanced and patient-centered attitude towards mental health care.
Back from the Brink is written in easy-to-understand, approachable language that will appeal to many patients, whether they are newly diagnosed or dealing with life-long struggles. Family members and friends of those with mental illnesses can also gain valuable insights and hope from the first-hand stories of the interview subjects.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Kaari, University Hospital, Newark, NJ
Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism belongs to a series of books published by Woodbine House entitled “Topics in Autism”. Dr. Delmolina is a Clinical Associate Professor at Rutgers University and Director of the Douglass Development Disabilities Center. Dr. Harris is Professor Emerita at Rutgers and the Executive Director of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. This slim paperback is an introduction to identifying and treating Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the very young child. The intent is to inform parents so that their child may attain optimal learning and functioning.
The tone of Essential First Steps is extraordinarily hopeful. Each chapter opens with the story of a family, and proceeds to explain diagnoses, treatment plans, and strategies for the whole family. The emphasis is on scientifically-proven methods of treating ASD. Parents are cautioned about delays in treatment, fraudulent treatments and roadblocks to treatment. The emphasis is on encouraging early intervention strategies and utilizing well-trained professionals. For a little book, Essential First Steps is full of useful information. The content would be easily read by college-educated parents, but may be more of a struggle for others.
Reviewed by: Margot Malachowski, MLS, Baystate Health, Health Sciences Library, Springfield, MA
Hamdy, Osama, M.D. and Sheri R. Colberg. The Diabetes Breakthrough: A Scientifically Proven Plan to Lose Weight and Cut Medications. Harvard/ Harlequin, March 2014. 352p. $28.95 ISBN 978-0-373-89284-6.
Type 2 diabetes is a major health problem in the United States. It can result in other serious health problems if patients cannot control their blood sugar. Losing weight and becoming more fit will help with control and even allow patients to reduce the amount of medication that they take. The authors, a physician at the Joslin Diabetes Center and a diabetic exercise physiologist, offer a program that will allow diabetics to make the necessary lifestyle changes and gain control of their disease. It is a modified version of the Joslin program that is easy to follow at home. Using the acronym Why WAIT (Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment), the authors provide a twelve-week program that teaches those who follow it to eat and exercise to lose weight and become fit. The mnemonic SMART (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time-limited) gives patients specific directions for cooking, eating, and exercising. They prescribe 300 minute, rather than the usual 150, of exercise each week and explain how to accomplish this. They include instructions for stretching, aerobic, and muscle-building routines and explain why all three are important. They also provide meal plans and recipes along with advice about portion control, foods to avoid, and foods that are healthful. There are also instructions for eating at restaurants and choosing frozen foods. Menu exchanges and information about medications are very useful as well. A caveat for libraries: there are workbook sections for readers to fill in. This is an excellent guide for those living with type 2 diabetes because it offers a concrete program that offers motivation and rewards that are achievable.
Reviewed by: Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA.
Koeller, Kim and Robert LaFrance. 2014. Let’s Eat Out Around the World Gluten Free and Allergy Free. Demos Health: New York. 326 pp. ISBN No. 978-1-936303-60-1. $26.95. (available in paperback print and e-book formats)
Finally a book that addresses ethnic food options for those with gluten or other sensitivities! This book, written by a gluten sensitive woman and a restaurant industry veteran, is a handy resource for the international traveler, those that frequent restaurants or for those looking to create gluten and allergy free recipes at home. The book neither gives advice for treatment of celiac disease or other allergies, nor does it promote any particular manufacturer of gluten free products. What the book does deliver is clearly defined chapters on tips to adjust to a restricted diet and ingredient and preparation technique guidelines for the cook in quick, easy to read colored tables to quickly identify sources of cross-contamination.
Each succeeding chapter is divided into sections that review traditional ingredients, gluten-free factors and dining considerations. Specific areas of focus are steak and seafood restaurants, and concerns and decisions to be made at Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Mexican and Thai restaurants. In addition, snacks, breakfast and beverage suggestions are highlighted. Tips for traveling internationally are included with emphasis on airlines checklists, cruise line meals checklists, and international travel tips for the person with gluten or other food allergies. Colored photographs highlight the descriptions of food choices.
Other recommendations on specific gluten free foods and recipes are the Gluten Free Bible by the authors of Favorite Brand Name Recipes (2010) and The Healthy Gluten-Free Life: 200 Delicious Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Egg-Free Recipes! by Tammy Credicott (2012).
Reviewed by: Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN, C, Scottsdale, Arizona
Kumar, Sameet M. Mindfulness for Prolonged Grief: A Guide to Healing After Loss When Depression, Anxiety, and Anger Won’t Go Away. New Harbinger Publication, Inc. 2013, 190p. ISBN 978-1-60882-749-7. $21.95.
The centuries-old practice of mindfulness has surfaced with a new and widespread popularity in the last few years. One can find resources for applying the tradition in an abundance of life’s experiences. In this book, Kumar applies the ancient Buddhist principles to healing the pain of loss through the death of a loved one.
The author has years of experience as a psychologist working with grief. He wrote a previous book called, “Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss.” In both books Kumar writes about the Buddhist origins of the practices and points out that one does not need to be a Buddhist in order to use these tools.
This new version builds on his earlier text and is also a workbook. All mindfulness guides recommend meditation as the cornerstone for living and Kumar gives good reasons take up the practice and easy exercises to begin a routine. The author offers practical actions for readers to undertake in their healing journey through sorrow. He includes chapters on sleeping, eating and valuing order and cleaning during this difficult time, and pages for charting and assessing progress. Other pages are opportunities for journal writing that invite readers to explore their experience with grief.
The concepts are written so that folks who are burdened with the feelings that accompany profound loss can easily access and then undertake the practices. Due to the expectation that readers will write in the pages, Kumar’s workbook would not make a good resource for a library, but instead a good option for an individual looking for an effective process for healing. The earlier version from 2005 would be a valuable addition to a consumer health library.
Reviewed by: Jackie Davis, Sharp HealthCare, San Diego, California
Lillis, Jason, Dahl, Joanne, and Weineland, Sandra A. The Diet Trap: Feed Your Psychological Needs & End the Weight Loss Struggle Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. New Harbinger Publications, 2014. 190 p. ISBN 978-1-60882-709-1. $18.95.
There is a growing realization among obesity professionals that the dogma on weight loss – focusing on calorie restriction, rigid food rules, and even the more moderate (if ambiguous) “lifestyle change” exhortations – is ineffective in the long run. Some experts even suggest that our obsession with weight loss actually promotes added weight gain among yoyo dieters. The Diet Trap authors, all clinical psychologists with experience in “acceptance and commitment therapy” or ACT, address the psychological mechanisms that eventually sabotage weight loss efforts for most people in this book. To that end there is little advice on actually losing weight until the very end. Instead, the reader is guided through a process of self-discovery and acceptance that frees him or her from the cycle of restrictive dieting, rebellious overeating and subsequent self-recriminations toward a values-based holistic approach to living not enslaved to a calorie counter and scale. This process involves frequent journaling and meditation exercises which can be time-consuming. As the authors note, the book is not a magic pill by any stretch – it takes practice to become self-aware and live according to one’s deepest values. However, for those who have tried and failed repeatedly to follow the weight loss agenda typically endorsed by healthcare providers (and the weight loss industry), this work should provide a welcome, compassionate and perceptive behavioral approach to challenging that dogma and embracing healthy living for which diet and exercise are merely part of the picture. The Diet Trap is recommended for most health and nutrition collections.
Reviewed by: Kay Hogan Smith, UAB Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, Birmingham, AL
From the title of the book and Sandra Tsing Loh’s background as an author, radio personality, and humorist, one might expect this memoir to be a hilarious insight into the challenges of menopause and middle age. Unfortunately, this book is anything but. Loh describes her “senseless” affair and “squandered” marriage. She laments that she cannot deal with menopause by hurling objects as her mother did. The chapters concerning her children and father reveal them as burdens as the author tries to cope with her own problems. The chapter on couples therapy is downright depressing. The author does give a brief synopsis of the book which she found helpful in her journey, Christiane Northrup’s The Wisdom of Menopause. The eight “menopause tips” in the last chapter of The Madwoman in the Volvo are the most enlightening part of the entire book. Perhaps the topic would have been better presented as an article solely on these tips with the remainder of the book simply therapeutic for the author.
Reviewed by: Donna J. McCloskey, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, Huntersville, North Carolina
Negative and unrealistic thoughts can dull even the best person from being the best at who they are. In an accessible and compact guide, 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem is targeted to the person who can use a boost during times they may feel flawed or insecure.
Written by a psychologist who has experience in dealing with patients who have issues of self-worth as it relates to their whole self, Janetti Marotta combines this with her enthusiasm and longtime practice of meditation and mindfulness. The excerpts that she shares about her life are appreciated and connect with the reader.
The challenge of writing a tidy compendium and practice manual based on two concepts is the explanation thereof: do we get a suitable introduction to mindfulness and self-esteem? The introductions are there, but are brief. The reader would be well-suited to have prior knowledge and look beyond this title if a lesson is needed on either topic. The resources listed in the back of the book provide a decent start.
50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem is a great toolkit for situations positive and negative, perfect to complement with your morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Reviewed by: Darell Schmick, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Neziroglu, Fugan and Katherine Donnelly. Children of hoarders: how to minimize conflict, reduce the clutter & improve your relationship. New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 2013. 189 p. ISBN 978-1-60882-4380. $16.95
What is hoarding and what emotional toll does it take on others? All this and more are revealed in this new self-help book. While the book is written primarily for adult children of hoarders, the information and exercises provided in each chapter are appropriate for teens and other affected by this disorder. The authors, experts and guests of TLC’s Hoarders, debunk the myth that children are stuck with the label “child of a hoarder;” they offer self-reflective exercises and tools to help readers accept and cope with the shame, anger, and frustrations they face. Acceptance is important because hoarding behaviors of loved ones may not change, even with interventions. Children are prompted to examine their own values and emotions toward hoarding and look for the silver lining of improving or re-kindling relationships with their parents. They are encouraged to ask themselves why they are motivated to confront this behavior, recognize their feelings, and be less emotionally reactive. This is a valuable addition to the current resources on hoarding. Useful resources, websites and references are included.
Reviewed by: Nancy O’Brien, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
Sandoz, Emily and DuFrene, Tony. Living With Your Body and Other Things You Hate: How to Let Go of Your Struggles with Body Image Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2013. 172p. ISBN 978-1-60882-1044-4. $18.95.
Authors Emily Sandoz and Tony DuFrene have co-authored two other books on eating disorders. Here they tackle Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, to teach readers to change patterns and rethink behaviors and routines that paralyze people and leave them stuck. Through guided exercises (also available as audio files on the publisher’s website) readers are encouraged to learn how to be present, to slow down, and to hesitate before falling into familiar behaviors and thoughts.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy draws from the techniques of acceptance and mindfulness to improve flexibility and strategies to solve problems. Realistic examples are given to show what happens when people become stuck in their perceptions and are unable to enjoy their lives.
The book is written quite gently and in an explanatory fashion, aimed at the reader who has been through many programs, books, counseling sessions, and diets already. Its aim is not to change how readers feel about their bodies, but to teach them how to let go of their struggles. Designed to be read slowly and work through exercises in stages, the material is supportive and almost soothing. But at the same time the reader is expected to take a risk, do plenty of self-reflection, and work hard to become free of struggle.
Reviewed by: Patricia Devine, MLS, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific NW Region, Seattle, WA.
Many of us may recognize that stress appears to be more evident in our lives and have heard about, read or listened to authorities offer solutions. What Santee does well at the beginning of his book is provide an overview of 1) the underlying cause and 2) the impacts of stress, and 3) the philosophy of Taoism as well as 4) its potential impact on stress in beneficial ways both mentally and physically. Within the next 8 chapters, Santee describes the effect of modern society on chronic stress, how our thinking and behavior contribute to chronic stress and the impact of this chronic stress on both our mental and physical health. While some of the examples are simplistic, they do offer glimpses of how normal stress can become chronic stress in modern society. Once he has offered these insights, Santee incorporates – in sequence – the 8 postures of Qigong that includes both the Baduanjin and Yijinjing. Santee describes one posture, of both Baduanjin and Yijinjing in each chapter that builds on the posture presented in the preceding chapter, and he explains how that particular posture helps to alleviate stress through the position and behavior of the posture. While having the benefit of each posture is helpful in appreciating the purpose of the posture, it would have been helpful to also have the entire sequences of Baduanjin and Yijinjing postures collected at the end to allow the reader to reference the them together rather than needing to search within each chapter.
Reviewed by: Amy Six-Means, MLIS, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO
Turner, Nick; Welches, Phil; Conti, Sandra. Mindfulness-Based Sobriety: A Clinician’s Treatment Guide. New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 2013. 256 pages, ISBN 978-160882853, $34.43.
Mindfulness Based Sobriety is a well-researched and well-written book based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Sobriety (MBS).
The ideas presented are backed by research. The authors cite numerous references and credentials throughout. There is a comprehensive list of resources for both clinicians and clients, including a recommended reading list.
For someone like myself without background or experience in the field of addiction recovery, this book is easy to read and follow. The authors provide background information explaining ACT and MBS and the supporting research behind it. It is written on a level that is easy to comprehend.
One of our mental health clinicians commented that the book introduces complex topics at a reading level that is easily understood by this population (clients) that typically has a sixth grade comprehension.
“Mindfulness is a 'trending' topic in recovery circles and very useful for reframing older interventions with new abstinence skills. I liked the size of the book and how it was laid out with philosophy and evidenced based research supporting practical interventions.”
The book is laid out in a step by step manner. Background information explaining each step along the way is provided throughout the curriculum. The materials are versatile and can be used in open group or residential settings.
The curriculum is very complete and features include:
Reviewed by: Kathy East, MS, Central Peninsula Hospital, Soldotna, AK
Turknett, Josh. The Migraine Miracle: a Sugar-free, Gluten-free, Ancestral Diet to Reduce Inflammation and Relieve Your Headaches for Good. New Harbinger Publications, 2013. 213 p. index. ISBN 978-1-60882-875-3. $16.95
If you are a migraineur (one who suffers from migraine headaches), take heart. Dr. Josh Turknett, a neurologist and migraine sufferer, provides hope and detailed instructions on how to “kill the beast” of migraine headache, rather than just learning how to manage it. Using his own experience and research, Dr. Turknett explains the causes, symptoms, and treatments for migraine headaches. He creates an 0analogy (with diagrams) of a basket of helium-filled balloons to illustrate how migraines work. Triggers add balloons that cause the basket to rise above the threshold level and burst into a full-blown migraine. Weights that are preventive measures pull the basket down away from the dreaded threshold of migraine pain. Using his own experience and case studies of his patients, Dr. Turknett advocates diet and lifestyle changes that can pull the basket way down, far away from the pain of migraines. He explains the link between food, inflammation, and migraines. As a result, he proposes an “ancestral diet” that corrects the problems of the modern diet and can eliminate migraines. The book includes healthy recipes, a 21-day meal plan, and a chapter on Frequently Asked Questions. In addition to well documented references, Dr. Turknett recommends websites, books, and articles for more in-depth reading.
Reviewed by: Judy Hansen, MAEd, MLS, Family Resource Center, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Patricia Winders has updated her original work and expanded the material with more than double the pages of the first edition. She includes chapters on head control, reaching, pivoting, sitting, crawling, climbing, pulling to stand and walking. Each chapter focuses on specific skills including the goals that should be achieved, the movements that a child needs to develop, guidelines for each stage, and step-by-step instructions. The activities are clearly explained and multiple photos illustrate the progressive stages of learning the skill. Chapters end with a "Motor Milestone Checklist" to evaluate the steps achieved by the child. She has gone beyond the walking skills and emphasized running, jumping, biking, and using the balance beam. One parent indicated in her review that she has used the book for her Down Syndrome daughter, but found the gross motor skills activities useful for her infant son who does not have Down Syndrome.
The author is the Director of Therapies and the Senior Physical Therapist at the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children's Hospital Colorado. In more than thirty years Patricia has worked with many individuals with Down Syndrome and been instrumental in teaching parents and professional therapists working with DS children all over the world. She has been recognized by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and has served on the Professional Advisory Board of the national Down Syndrome Congress. Highly recommended for all libraries.
Reviewed by: Cynthia L. Butcher, MLS. MeadWestvaco Family Resource Center, Dayton Children's Hospital, Dayton Ohio.
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